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PREMIER GOLD COAST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER   |   LOUI HARTLAND PHOTOGRAPHY

Winter Wedding @ Cedar Creek Vineyard & Winery

Picture a wedding held in the clouds; picture the Cedar Creek Estate and Winery, high atop Mount Tamborine in the Hinterland of the Gold Coast, Australia, enveloped: shrouded within a misty veil; picture a couple who's deep, reflective love simply emanates, and commands of the moment to take notice...

Jessica and Josh: A pair who's love was writ upon the stars...

I awoke to the bracing sound of rain as it fell about my foggy consciousness -- it was 4:30am, wedding day, but despite the initial apprehension, I soon calmed in the belief that there was a magic in the air, and apart from my philosophical surety that the universe generally is what it will be, a trip up the mountain never brings anything but a pleasant anticipation... 

I arrived, bright and early, to find the lads all set in tux and finery; mid-strength beers in hand; just milling around and casually jesting amongst themselves with a certain brand of all-knowing wit that I'd typically denote as being 'mid to artsy upper-brow with a twist of world-cause sincerity'... I guess that paints a somewhat obscure picture, but it suffices to say, I thought these guys were pretty cool characters, and the proof is in the pudding on that one, so to speak... They were a tight unit, and seemed to just bust-out zoolander-stances at will... 

I then rolled out to visit the girls, and not unlike the boys, they too were held up in a rather grand locale: a large colonial-styled establishment, overlooking a series of mist-filled valleys below the escarpment... The vibe there was a different level of closeness to what I'd experienced with the lads (to be expected, I guess, but certainly different enough to warrant a mention) and despite the room being a total hive of activity, and real air of co-operation was about... A curious mix of feminine bonding and virtuous accord [haha Loui's description of girl-world]...  The stunningly lovely Jess and her maids were taking it all in stride, and managed to balance flower-preparations with make-up and hair, and juggling babies, and wine haha... I never fail to marvel at a woman's capacity for getting on... But yeah,  it wasn't lost on me that time was getting away on us, so I made my exit and returned to seek out the lads, who were yet to realise what I had already surmised: that the girls were gonna be a smidge late...

But, when Jess finally pulled up, the collective wow could almost be felt as the little chapel in the mist fell into a hush...  

The little-ones played up on cue; the rain fell hard as undue delay will sway a guests departure; set to find some of the vineyards finest, t'was midday, and call for all to celebrate! 

Yet the final act was set for me, as creative portraiture loomed, the very air and grandeur of the day took hold, as Josh was set to adorn his bride as man and wife can only ever do: A symmetry perfected in it's complimentary aesthetic...

Love; Love; Love,

Loui and Donna xx